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Stop Code 0x000000F4 May Occur When Running VMware ESX 4.1

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If you boot a Microsoft Windows 2003 guest operating system with the /3GB switch defined in the boot.ini file on VMware ESX 4.1, you may experience these symptoms. Running of application can also exhibit these symptoms:
  • Read or Write memory errors occur in the guest operating system
  • A Remote Procedure Call (RPC) error is reported and the virtual machine is forced to reboot often
  • A Stop Code type of 0x000000F4 occurs
  • Microsoft .NET or Java applications may fail with memory errors
  • The Microsoft Windows Event log may have errors similar to:

    Event Type: Error
    Event Source: .NET Runtime
    Event Category: None
    Description:.NET Runtime version 2.0.50727.3615 - Fatal Execution Engine Error (7A0979AE) (80131506)
  • The Microsoft Windows Event log may have errors similar to:

    Attempted to read or write protected memory. This is often an indication that other memory is corrupt.”

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This document is to increase the discoverablity of this information. Please see the VMWare KB Running Microsoft Windows 2003 32bit guest operating systems with the /3GB switch in boot.ini results in performance or stability issues at

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Article ID : 2653132
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Created on : 1/7/2017
Published on : 12/12/2011
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